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Reviewing the Secret to Making the Delectable Handi Pots: Masalas

I love using Shan Paya Masala since these are authentic and consistent all year long. The flavoring is very suitable to my taste buds and makes a hot paya hot without me having to spend hours in Kitchen. Luckily, these are widely available so I can handle do not have to worry about stocking them.

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Store Hopper

Store Hopper

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Updated Dec 28, 2022

Editor’s Rating


Handi is a Pakistani delectable recipe that combines the taste of tenderloins and boneless chicken with a blend of Asian herbs and spices. It is creamy, rich and dense, and full of flavors providing lots of nutrients. 

It is a perfect source of a well-balanced meal and a great addition to buffet dawats. The great thing about this dish is its easy use of pre-mixed spice blends.

However, finding the one that provides authentic taste without compromising on quality is a challenging ask that I took upon myself. 

I went from aisle to aisle looking for the one mix which makes a pot full of handi without being heavy on my stomach or pocket. Here is what I think about the available options.

I have also rated the following brands based on availability, preservatives information, packaging, and authenticity.

My Top Picks

Shan Handi Masala

What we don’t like about it

  • Not ideal for spice intolerant people

Shan handi masala has authentic spicy flavoring. It has no preservatives. It is widely available and comes in airtight sealed packaging, which helps store  it for a long time. 

Mehran Chicken Handi Masala

What we don’t like about it

  • Below sub-par packaging

Mehran Chicken Handi Masala is an ideal bet for anyone who is not a fan of spicy food. It is mildly spicy and has a distinct tangy yet salty taste, creating a scrumptious pot every time. The only downside is its below-par air-sealed packaging, which sometimes results in the formation of lumps.

Things I Look for Before Buying My Stock of Handi Masala


A well-crafted packaging is always a plus for me. I prefer nicely packed spice mixes since it ensures great quality for a long period of time.


No matter how authentic or delicious one spice mix might be, I would never go to a faraway store just to purchase a spice mix only. So it is important for me that it is available at my nearby local grocery store.


What is the meaning of Chicken Handi?

Chicken handi translates to clay pot chicken. Chicken Handi is an Indian dish that is authentically made with tomatoes, onions, and boneless chicken cubes in a clay pot.

What is Shahi Handi?

Shahi Handi is made in combination with butter and boneless chicken cubes. It is spicy and made with herbs to ensure authentic rich flavors.

What does Handi taste like?

Handi has a mildly spicy and creamy flavor.

Brand Ratings

Shan Handi Masala



Mehran Handi Masala